May Day was founded in the United States as a result of the great struggle and sacrifice of life that resulted from the general strike of 1886 and the movement for the eight hour work day. Globally, on May 1st of each year, workers in massive celebrations all around the world pay tribute to their labors and honor the struggle for better conditions. Workers in the United States have been denied their history and their common bond with workers in other countries. Join us in our commitment to educate and inform our fellow workers and all Americans about the origins of May Day, so that we may reclaim our proud heritage.
In June, 2006, a group of Labor and community leaders met for breakfast at the Holiday Inn at 4th and Race Streets, to discuss and begin planning a May Day USA" celebration in Philadelphia.
The breakfast meeting was called by Jim Moran, Director Emeritus of PhilaPOSH and CWA Local 38010 Board Member. The goal of the meeting was to form the May Day USA committee and to celebrate May Day, the world's "Labor Day". The U.S. and Canada are the only two countries that celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September.
The group felt that one way to build Labor solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world was to celebrate the global Labor Day with them, especially since it started here in the United States, in Chicago, referred to as the "Hay Market Riot" of 1886.
It was further thought to be a disgrace that none of this information was taught in America's history books during the first twelve years of public education in our country. This history has been hidden, stolen, suppressed and lied about for the past one-hundred and twenty-seven years, and the Committee formed at the breakfast meeting wanted to set the record straight as part of Philadelphia's May Day USA celebration.
More than forty Labor and community organizations have adopted the May Day USA Resolution which includes the true history of "May Day".
The main thrust of the Committee is to bring about awareness of this history through education about and celebration of May Day.